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From his jail cell at Charles Town, Virginia, abolitionist Aaron Dwight Stevens, 1831-1860, wrote his dear friend, Jennie Dunbar, regarding his actions and prospects ("Slavery demands that we should hang for its protection") and that he regretted nothing except that he would not live to "see this Country free." Stevens, reported to be one of abolitionist John Brown's bravest men, used the alias Captain Charles Whipple while following Brown. Stevens was convicted of treason and conspiring with slaves for his part in Brown's October 16, 1859 raid on Harpers Ferry, Virginia, and was hung at Charles Town on March 16, 1860.
Creator: Stevens, Aaron D.
Date: December 3, 1859
Item Number: 90083
Call Number: Richard Hinton Coll. #384 Box 1 Folder 10
KSHS Identifier: DaRT ID: 90083
Collections - Manuscript - Hinton, Richard
Date - 1854-1860 - 1859
Government and Politics - Reform and Protest - Antislavery - Abolition - Harpers Ferry, West Virginia
Objects and Artifacts - Communication Artifacts - Documentary Artifact - Letter
People - African Americans - Slavery
People - Notable People - Brown, John, 1800-1859
Places - Other States - Virginia
Thematic Time Period - Bleeding Kansas, 1854-1861
Type of Material - Unpublished documents - Letters